Once hailed as the cars of the future, self-driving or autonomous vehicles (AV) are quickly becoming a contemporary reality—but one with significant legal and policy implications. Regulators have been eager to pass legislation and issue orders governing this new technology, leading to a patchwork of state laws. Federal regulators have also had their eyes on AVs, but comprehensive federal legislation has not yet come to fruition. The question becomes—should we look to federal law for AV technology?
In this episode, Taylor Treece (CLCT Buswell Post-Graduate Fellow) explores that question with CLCT Graduate Fellows David Lim and Daniel Shin. Together, they work through major legal hurdles AV regulation should address, consider international approaches to AVs, and weigh the pros and cons of state versus federal regulation
The views and opinions expressed in this interview are the personal views of the speakers, and do not represent the official position of William and Mary Law School or any other affiliated institution.